The Youth Action Committee (YAC) of the Juneau Community Foundation met last month to discuss goals and grant focus areas for 2011. YAC members agreed that high-risk behavior, such as unsafe sexual activity, drug and alcohol use, poor diet and lack of exercise, and unhealthy relationships are negatively affecting teens’ health. YAC would like to work with local organizations to target these high-risk behaviors and develop ideas for programs and strategies to reduce such behaviors in the community.
For the next several months, members of the YAC will be presenting their topic area to various local businesses, with the goal of fundraising additional capital to support fall-issued grant awards.
In 2010, the YAC members granted over $13,000 to Juneau charities to serve the needs of youth community members, addressing suicide prevention and family support services, healthy relationships, and after-school programs and activities.
For more information on YAC and the Juneau Community Foundation, visit www.juneaucf.org or call 543-5450.